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Swedish practice Wingårdh Arkitektkontor AB have designed the Mill House in Skåne, Sweden. The design of this small dwelling draws inspiration from the traditional Swedish rituals of sauna and bathing. Here is a description from the architects, “This house is a manifestation of the Swedish ritual of sauna and bathing. It is an annex to a large old farm in the countryside of southern Sweden, converted into a vacation house for a family from the nearby city of Malmö. Apart from the sauna and attendant spaces for undressing, washing and relaxing, the Mill House is also a small dwelling. The traditional rite of sauna involves baking together and dashing out for an invigorating dip in a cold stream. The meagre creek on the property was insufﬁcient for the purpose, however, so a small pool was built adjacent to the sauna. The exposed construction demanded carpentry of unusual excellence.
In combination with the intimate size, it promotes the atmosphere of a Zen master’s tea house.”